Trails Are For Every Body – Meet Amelia

The following profile is a part of our Trails Are For Every Body Instagram series produced by ATRA board member Kriste Peoples.

The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) celebrates trail athletes at all levels of engagement and ability, and because the Trails Are For Every Body, each week we’re sharing the profiles of trail enthusiasts you might not otherwise know.

Meet Amelia whose favorite trail activity is spending a muddy and messy solo two hours on the Wildwood trail in Portland, Oregon’s Forest Park, followed by a great bagel sandwich!

“I discovered, and fell in love with trail running after moving to Portland, OR. It was a hard transition for me and trail running became a place where I could feel strong, empowered, and, most importantly, have fun.

“Trail running is a special beast. I was already a road runner, but trails helped me connect to myself and the larger world in a way that road running never has. Trail running helped me through my separation and eventual divorce and reminded me that I could, and can, do hard things.

“Trail running is humbling, but it’s also a chance to connect with our larger natural world. For that reason alone, it’s an open invitation to All Bodies. Trails don’t care about your pace and it’s a good reminder to just show up, no matter your running history, size, or pace.”

Thank you, Amelia!

If you’re an everyday trail running enthusiast who’d like to be included in our weekly feature, DM us. We’d love to know your story!

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Photo: Amelia.